Writing Workshop Series: Writing @ The Garden

Welcome to Stacy Hawkins Adams’ Summer Writing Series!

Writing @ The Garden….

(Scroll down to register for the third & final session on Saturday, Sept.  29!) 

Three writing workshops for aspiring authors and others interested in exploring their love of writing or interest in journaling. Hosted at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia by award-winning author, essayist and writer mentor Stacy Hawkins Adams.

Turn your writing DREAMS into REALITY through journaling, creative writing or narrative nonfiction writing.
  • Hone your writing project and/or jumpstart your personal journaling
  • Write your way forward for personal fulfillment or professional progress
  • Practice your craft in a beautiful setting, with an experienced, motivational instructor
  • Choose 1, 2 or all 3 writing workshops (July 21, Aug. 4 and Sept. 15)


SIGN UP BELOW for one or more of these intimate and inspiring classes!

Workshops are $40 per class or a total of $100 (a 17% discount) if you register for all three. Space in each class is limited, to ensure time to focus on each participant’s goals.

Workshop Topics, Dates & Times

Workshop 1: Journal Your Way to Joy

Saturday, July 21, 2018

9:30 a.m. – Noon

(For beginning journal keepers and beginning writers seeking to jumpstart their creative fiction or nonfiction projects. Limited to 24 participants. Registration Deadline: July 18)
  • Explore how journaling can help you clarify your goals and pinpoint strategies for success
  • Receive tips on how to use journaling as a launching pad for your fiction or nonfiction project
  • Learn creative ways to journal for personal growth or to create a family history

Post-workshop student feedback: “Thank you for offering this class! I have so many new ideas that I will use to help me pursue my writing.”


Workshop 2: Unleash Your Writer Within

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

1-3:30 p.m.

(Stacy’s signature workshop for aspiring fiction and nonfiction writers seeking clarity and practical strategies for completing their projects. Limited to 12 participants. Registration Deadline: Aug. 1)

Learn why telling your story matters and how you can best craft it:

  • For publication or personal accomplishment
  • In fictional form, as a novel, short story or books for children/youths
  • In nonfiction form, in a memoir, a blog or series of essays.

Post-workshop student feedback: “I came in feeling stuck, but I’m leaving feeling inspired, and I have a tangible/actionable plan to help me finish. Thank you! “


Workshop 3:  Still Writing? How to Keep Going and Growing

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 (Rescheduled from 9/15/18 due to hurricane-related weather.) 

9:30 a.m. – Noon 

(This class will offer tangible steps to help budding writers and journalers take their projects to the next level. Ideal for participants of summer workshops 1 or 2 and for any writer who has been independently working on a fiction and nonfiction project and is ready for strategic guidance. Limited to 24 participants. Registration Deadline: Sept. 12)

Take the project you’ve started to the next stage by:

  • Learning how to deepen your writing (adding emotion, sensory details, your unique writer’s voice)
  • Creating a practical plan for getting and staying unstuck
  • Getting your journaling and/or publication questions answers

Register Here for Workshop 3: $40



Meet Stacy – She’s ready to guide you!

I’m a former newspaper journalist with 20+ years of professional writing experience. I’m also the author of one nonfiction book and nine women’s fiction novels. From July 2007- March 2018 I penned a freelance parenting column for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and over the past year I’ve blogged occasionally for the Huffington Post. I’ve also had the privilege of teaching adjunct writing classes at the University of Richmond and leading workshops at writing conferences nationwide. I truly enjoy helping writers find their voice and birth their writing goals, whether in book form, via blogging or simply through journaling for clarity and self-understanding. This summer, I’d love to work with you!” ~ Stacy

For more information on Stacy’s body of work, visit StacyHawkinsAdams.com and the blog she curates, LifeUntapped.com.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and is located at 1800 Lakeside Avenue in Richmond, Va. To learn more about its mission and community events, visit LewisGinter.org.


Feedback from Writer Students…

“I have several books waiting to be birthed, and Stacy helped push me along the path. Her teaching style was interactive and inspiring, and I find myself regularly drawing upon the notes from the class. It was a special privilege to take the class, because Stacy is also one of my favorite authors, so learning from someone for whom I have so much respect made it an even more enjoyable experience. I have since recommended this class to others to take.” ~ R. Creighton


“Stacy has a gift not only for writing and teaching, but guiding people to find their talents and fully utilize them for the enjoyment and benefit of all. I would highly recommend anyone to take Stacy’s course, or any type of course she teaches, as it will change your life… it has changed mine!”  ~ C. Troiano


“She has the patience and professionalism to gently guide amateur authors on their path towards becoming published professionals. The world is a better, more creative place with Stacy in it.” ~ A. Taylor-White


“Stacy is very knowledgeable of the essential processes, it takes to become a traditional published author or self-published author. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and the abundance of resources offered by Stacy. Stacy’s personable coaching approach ignited my enthusiasm for completing my Ebook and confirming my commitment to a traditional published academic author!” ~ M. Collins-Brown


“Stacy has an uncannily perceptive knack for getting to the “wow factor” of the story, providing insights I didn’t initially see. I learned invaluable writing tools and tips, including “writing forward,” to a useful exercise for getting past any writing blocks. Stacy guided me through the logical structure for my book by asking in-depth questions and listening attentively. She is bull’s-eye accurate in getting to the heart of the story and clear about what belongs and where it fits.” ~ S. Heinbuch

Thus far, 4 students from the Unleash workshops have published books; 1 is in talks with a literary agent; 3 have completed manuscripts and are in the editing phase, and several have launched and maintained blogs.


Students in the inaugural 2014 “Unleash Your Writer Within” workshop at Ellwood Thompson’s in Richmond, Va.


Stacy with students from a Unleash Your Writer Within workshop – March 2017 in Fayetteville, N.C.


Stacy with students from a January 2018 Unleash Your Writer Within workshop in Richmond, VA



Register Today to Jumpstart Your Writing this Summer!

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